Actionable Takeaways Breakouts – 5 Breakout Sessions

Attendees will find their designated breakout sessions on their name tags – Session topics are audience-specific.


Academic and Business Leaders Innovation Initiatives Roundtable

  • LYFT Career Pathways – Tom Hoff, Career and Technical Project Coordinator, SWWC Service Cooperative
  • Career Academy Development – Moorhead HS and M State
  • and E-Fest – James Beal, Managing Editor and, and Director E-Fest
  • Southwest MN CEO – Craig Oftedahl, Superintendent, Luverne, MN Public Schools
  • gener8tor – Adam Choe, Program Director
  • Global Innovation/Digi-Key Capacity/Community Support – Josh Mickolio, Product Mngr


The Student Startup Journey Roundtable

  • Student Founder – Tyler Ebert, Adrena Card, MN Cup
  • gener8tor – Jake Smith, Director gBETA St. Thomas
  • Spark Your Startup Competition – Karen Lauer, Executive Director, Economic Development Authority, Barnesville
  • Central Minnesota CEO – Cindi Koll, Program Facilitator, Wadena/Deer Creek HS
  • Central MN CEO – Student Founder
  • E-Fest and IDEA Competition – Lee Groeschl
  • Q & A


Embracing Entrepreneurship and Innovation as a Community Roundtable

  • Equity Crowd Funding – David Duccini, Silicon Prairie Online
  • Community/HS Innovation & Co-location Centers – Tiffany Fettig, Launch Pad, Bemidji; Karen Pifher, Frazee
  • Career Academy, Perham – M State
  • CEO program – Lee Westrum, Superintendent, Wadena/Deer Creek Public Schools
  • Startup Mentoring/Community Support – gener8tor – Kate Evinger, Program Manager
  • Neela Mollgaard – Launch MN Exec. Dir. and former Director Ignite Red Wing
  • Community Economics, U of M Extension – Rani Bhattacharyya, UMN Extension


Business Funding Resources

  • Funding Resource Details and Q & A
    • Equity Crowd Funding – Jade Barker, Business &Technology Specialist, SPPX
    • USDA – Andrew Gag, Area Specialist, USDA Rural Development
    • Angel Tax Credit & Launch Minnesota – Jeff Nelson, DEED Business Tax Unit
    • DEED Business Development – Kari Howe – DEED Bus. Dev. Mngr., NW Region
    • Otter Tail Power Company – Steve Schoeneck, VP Community Services
    • AURI – Harold Stanislawski, Program Dir. and former City Economic Dev.
    • SBDC – Philip Knutson, Regional Director SBDC


Technology Instruction Practicum & Research Insight for Educators

  • Tufts University Early Childhood Technology (ECT) Graduate Certificate Program  – Angie Kalthoff, ECT Program Manager, and  K-12 Technology Education Consultant (Professional Development Education credits granted for session participation) – Please bring your technology with you to this session! A tablet is especially recommended for downloading an app.